Become a Certified Special Population Specialist® (CSPS®)
  • Become a Certified Special Population Specialist® (CSPS®)
    Certified Special Population Specialists® (CSPS®) are fitness professionals who, using an individualized approach, assess, motivate, educate, and train special population clients, including those with chronic and temporary health conditions. Become a certified personal trainer, then pursue this advanced personal trainer certification. CSPS® individuals train clients with medical conditions such as metabolic disease, autoimmune disorders, cancer and cardiac arrest, and address the needs of prenatal and postpartum personal training clients.
  • Become an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer

    Certified Special Population Specialists® (CSPS®) are fitness professionals who, using an individualized approach, assess, motivate, educate, and train special population clients of all ages regarding their health and fitness needs, preventively, and in collaboration with healthcare professionals. Special populations include those with chronic and temporary health conditions.

    CSPS® design safe and effective exercise programs, provide the guidance to help clients achieve their personal health/fitness goals, and recognize and respond to emergency situations. Recognizing their own areas of expertise, CSPS® receive referrals from and refer clients to other healthcare providers as appropriate. Learn more - What is a Special Population?

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    Register for the CSPS Exam

    Download the NSCA Certification Handbook (PDF), developed to provide certification candidates and certificants with the information needed to earn and maintain certification through the NSCA.

    CSPS® Exam Testing Format

    All NSCA English language exams, within the United States and internationally, are administered by Pearson VUE testing centers.

    After you have registered to take an exam, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE within 2-3 business days. The email will contain instructions on how to schedule your exam. At that time, you will select the date, time and location you wish to take your exam. Exams must be taken within 120 days of registering.

    To locate the nearest Pearson VUE testing center near you, visit PearsonVUE.com/NSCA

    CSPS® Exam Registration Fee  

        Member Rate*     Non-Member Rate 
    Registration Fee   $340     $475

    NSCA Members save money when registering for exams. Interested in becoming an NSCA Member? Learn more about membership and how it can benefit you!